Malaysia GP: Verstappen Wins As Ferrari Endure Nightmare Weekend

Philip Boeckman Formula One

The last Malaysian Grand Prix for the foreseeable future was one to remember for Max Verstappen as he secured his second Grand Prix win of his career, with Lewis Hamilton coming home in second place and team-mate Daniel Ricciardo sealing P3.

Having gotten off to a solid start behind pole sitter Hamilton, Verstappen struck early on to usurp the Briton and lead the race until the chequered flag on an afternoon to forget for Ferrari. In fact, the whole weekend was one of misery for the Scuderia.

On a weekend where Ferrari showed great pace in practice, the onus was on the Italian outfit to secure a win and put new pressure on championship leader Lewis Hamilton. However, the latest round of F1 ended with Hamilton having all but secured the drivers' championship. With four races to go, it is very hard to see the three-time champ throwing away a thirty-four point lead.

Sebastian Vettel failed to set a time in qualifying on Saturday, and he needed permission from the FiA to race on Sunday. Having gained their approval, he started from the back of the grid and managed to record a driver of the day victory with a fourth place finish. It was about the best he could have achieved from last place.

For Max Verstappen, this could prove to be a watershed moment for the young Dutchman. The teenager has endured a terrible season of retirement, unfortunate incidents and engine trouble. His win yesterday goes a long way to cementing his future with Red Bull after a summer of discontent. 

Philip Boeckman

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